2016 NY Portfolio Review: Day II
L’Oeil de la Photographie, April 20, 2016
Julie Grahame, aCurator with Mambu Bayoh
The Fourth Annual “New York Portfolio Review” sponsored by the New York Times LENS Blog and the City University of New York’s (CUNY) Graduate School of Journalism, took place over a recent weekend. Leading editors, museum curators, book publishers and gallerists reviewed the work of 150 or more photographers chosen out of over 2,500 applicants. All kinds of photographic work — from fine art to photojournalism — was included and the reviews are completely free for all photographers chosen to attend.
There are several creator’s, organizers, producers and supporters to thank for this event, including James Estrin and David Gonzalez, Co-Editors of The New York Times LENS Blog; Michele McNally, Assistant Managing Editor for Photography, The New York Times; Andrew L. Mendelson, Associate Dean, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism; Co-Producers Whitney Richardson and Laura Roumanos, Executive Director of United Photo Industries; and the LENS team.
Sunday, Day 2, the reviews were devoted to young photographers and students between the ages of 18 and 27. I’ve shared these photographers with L’Oeil de la Photographie readers here:
aCurator’s Julie Grahame and I were fascinated by the work of Sierra Leonean photographer Mambu Bayoh, a social documentarian from West Africa. Aleksey Kondratyev, born in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, works between Detroit and Central Asia. He recently completed a fellowship at FABRICA, a communications research center. Myles S. Golden documents what it means to be Black in America – first hand responses on how other black individuals see blackness in America. Evan Ortiz is a photojournalism graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology and works as a Contributing Photo Editor for Bloomberg Businessweek. Libby March is an independent documentary and commercial photographer based in the White Mountains, New Hampshire. Dakota Santiago is documenting workers in Brooklyn. Ivan Forde utilizes literature, photography, and new media technology to illustrate “The Epic of Gilgamesh” an epic poem from ancient Mesopotamia. In this photo series, Loreal Prystaj attempts to show Nature being alive, and the beauty of death exposes itself through a plethora of faces. The goal of this project is to capture as many people of different ages, men and woman, boys and girls, all with diverse backgrounds in both still and moving images.